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Xenophon Pierce WILFLEY

Senate Years of Service: 1918-1918Party: DemocratWILFLEY, Xenophon Pierce, a Senator from Missouri; born near Mexico, Audrain County, Mo., March 18, 1871; attended the country schools; graduate…

The Devil's Dictionary: Clio

by Ambrose Bierce CLERGYMANCLOCKCLIO -n. One of the nine Muses. Clio's function was to preside over history - which she did with great dignity, many of the prominent citizens of Athens occu…

Brewer's: Anthia

The lady-love of Abrocomas in Xenophon's romance, called Ephesiaca. Shakespeare has borrowed from this Greek novel the leading incidents of his Romeo and Juliet , especially that of the pot…

Brewer's: Attic Muse

(The). Xenophon, the historian, a native of Athens; so called because the style of his composition is a model of elegance. (B.C. 444–359.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E.…

Brewer's: Hercules' Choice

Immortality the reward of toil in preference to pleasure. Xenophon tells us when Hercules was a youth he was accosted by two women—Virtue and Pleasure—and asked to choose betwee…

Equestrian

First Olympic Appearance: 1900 by John Gettings and Mark Zurlo Did You Know? Just like people, horses need a valid passport to travel internationally. Related Li…

Brewer's: Bee

The Athenian Bee. Plato. (See Athenian Bee , page 72, col. 1.) It is said that when Plato was in his cradle, a swarm of bees alighted on his mouth. The story is good enough for poets and or…

Brewer's: Philosophers

The Seven Sages or Wise Men of Greece. Thale, Solon, Chilon, Pittacos, Bias, Cleobulos, Periander; to which add Sosiade, Anacharsis the Scythian, Myson the Spartan, Epimenide the Cretan; an…

Brewer's: Romeo and Juliet

(Shakespeare). The story is taken from a poetical version by Arthur Brooke of Boisteau's novel, called Rhomeo and Julietta. Boisteau borrowed the main incidents from a story by Luigi da Por…

Brewer's: Venus

Love; the goddess of love; courtship. Copper was called Venus by the alchemists. (See Aphrodite) “Venus smiles not in a house of tears.” Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, iv.l. Ven…